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Wordless Wednesdays – On Raising Homebrewers

23 Mar

We value teaching our children practical lessons. One of these lessons is the art of homebrew. They will learn science, math, and other fun facts through being junior assistants. It is also a treasured time for us to spend together as a family!




Ginger Rye Saison Recipe

17 Mar

Photo by LSDSL, Wikipedia Commons

Mike finalized the recipe and brew schedule for this weekend’s brew, a ginger rye saison. Recently we went to Sonnewald Natural Foods near Spring Grove, PA, to pick up a few things and browse around. Their store has fresh produce, canned organic goods, refrigerated items, vitamins & supplements, and a bulk-foods area. It’s perfect for those who are either just a bit crunchy like we are or are a lot crunchy. Mike picked up a few pounds of flaked rye, figuring we’d be able to use it in a brew at some point.

I have a couple books, The Homebrewer’s Garden and Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, that both have recipes for ales that contain unique ingredients such as basil, oregano, ginger, lavender, and juniper berries. I wanted to do an oregano pale ale but Mike was a reluctant. He wasn’t sold on the honey basil ale either. We both agreed on a ginger rye saison — it’ll be a nice Spring brew, Mike will get to use the flaked rye, and I will get ginger.

Ginger Rye Saison


5 lbs Pilsen Malt

3 lbs 2-Row Brewers Malt

2 lbs Rye Malt

1 lb Organic Flaked Rye

1 lb White Wheat Malt

.5 lb 2-Row Caramel Malt 10L

.25 lb Aromatic Malt


Boil (6.5 gallons):

60 minutes – 1 oz Tettnanger (3.5% AA)

30 minutes – .5 fresh ginger, chopped

20 minutes – 1 oz Tettnanger

10 minutes – .5 oz Czech Saaz (3.2% AA) and .5 oz fresh ginger, chopped


Yeast: White Labs WLP565 Belgian Saison I


Let’s see how it turns out! I know it’s going to smell wonderful.